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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640911/evolution-of-microrna-in-primates
#1
Jennifer C McCreight, Sean E Schneider, Damien B Wilburn, Willie J Swanson
MicroRNA play an important role in post-transcriptional regulation of most transcripts in the human genome, but their evolution across the primate lineage is largely uncharacterized. A particular miRNA can have one to thousands of messenger RNA targets, establishing the potential for a small change in sequence or overall miRNA structure to have profound phenotypic effects. However, the majority of non-human primate miRNA is predicted solely by homology to the human genome and lacks experimental validation. In the present study, we sequenced thirteen species representing a wide range of the primate phylogeny...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627784/dr-elwyn-laverne-simons-leader-in-lemur-conservation
#2
Patricia C Wright
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Evolutionary Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608982/high-reproductive-effort-is-associated-with-decreasing-mortality-late-in-life-in-captive-ruffed-lemurs
#3
Morgane Tidière, Jean-François Lemaître, Guillaume Douay, Mylisa Whipple, Jean-Michel Gaillard
Evolutionary theories of senescence predict that a high allocation to reproduction during early life should have long-term deleterious consequences on future reproduction or survival because individuals have to face an energy allocation trade-off between reproductive effort and the maintenance of body condition. Using a high-quality dataset from 1,721 red ruffed lemurs (RRL, Varecia rubra) and 3,637 black and white ruffed lemurs (BWRM, V. variegata) living in captivity, we tested the existence of a trade-off between reproductive effort and late-life survival after accounting for possible confounding effects of natal environmental conditions...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605033/the-befuddling-nature-of-mouse-lemur-hands-and-feet-at-bez%C3%A3-mahafaly-sw-madagascar
#4
Gina Agostini, Emilienne Rasoazanabary, Laurie R Godfrey
The reddish-gray mouse lemur (Microcebus griseorufus) possesses striking phenotypic and behavioral variation. This project investigates differences in autopod proportions in neighboring populations of M. griseorufus from the Special Reserve at Bezà Mahafaly in southwest Madagascar. One population resides in an environment generally preferred by M. griseorufus-a spiny forest with large-trunked trees, vertically-oriented supports, and more open ground, while the other resides in a gallery forest with abundant small, often horizontal peripheral branches in high canopy...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592502/the-mouse-lemur-a-genetic-model-organism-for-primate-biology-behavior-and-health
#5
REVIEW
Camille Ezran, Caitlin J Karanewsky, Jozeph L Pendleton, Alex Sholtz, Maya R Krasnow, Jason Willick, Andriamahery Razafindrakoto, Sarah Zohdy, Megan A Albertelli, Mark A Krasnow
Systematic genetic studies of a handful of diverse organisms over the past 50 years have transformed our understanding of biology. However, many aspects of primate biology, behavior, and disease are absent or poorly modeled in any of the current genetic model organisms including mice. We surveyed the animal kingdom to find other animals with advantages similar to mice that might better exemplify primate biology, and identified mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.) as the outstanding candidate. Mouse lemurs are prosimian primates, roughly half the genetic distance between mice and humans...
June 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579023/fatal-pulmonary-cysticercosis-caused-by-cysticercus-longicollis-in-a-captive-ring-tailed-lemur-lemur-catta
#6
Amer Alić, Adnan Hodžić, Vedad Škapur, Alma Šeho Alić, Senad Prašović, Georg G Duscher
Here we describe fatal pulmonary cysticercosis caused by Cysticercus longicollis, the larval stage of Taenia crassiceps in a 15-year-old female ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) from Sarajevo Zoo. After sudden death, the lemur was subjected to necropsy and large multicystic structure, subdivided with fibrous septa and filled with numerous translucent, oval to ellipsoid bladder-like cysts (cysticerci), almost completely replacing right lung lobe was observed. In addition, numerous free and encysted cysticerci were found in the thoracic cavity...
July 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28563902/of-lemurs-and-louse-flies-the-biogeochemical-and-biotic-effects-of-forest-disturbance-on-propithecus-edwardsi-and-its-obligate-ectoparasite-allobosca-crassipes-in-ranomafana-national-park-southeastern-madagascar
#7
Elizabeth McGee, Stanley Vaughn
From alleles to ecosystems and landscapes, anthropogenic activity continues to affect the environment, with particularly adverse effects on biodiversity hotspots such as Madagascar. Selective logging has been proposed as a "win-win" conservation strategy, yet its effects on different components of biodiversity are still not fully understood. Here we examine biotic factors (i.e., dietary differences) that may be driving differences in biogeochemical stocks between disturbed and undisturbed forests. We present the stable nitrogen (δ(15) N) and carbon (δ(13) C) isotope composition of hair from the lemur Propithecus edwardsi and of whole bodies of its obligate ectoparasite, the louse-fly Allobosca crassipes, from sites in Ranomafana National Park (RNP) that are comparable except for the history of logging and subsequent forest regeneration...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555881/parasite-microbiota-interactions-potentially-affect-intestinal-communities-in-wild-mammals
#8
Tuomas Aivelo, Anna Norberg
1.Detecting interaction between species is notoriously difficult, and disentangling species associations in host-related gut communities is especially challenging. Nevertheless, due to contemporary methods, including metabarcoding and 16S sequencing, collecting observational data on community composition has become easier and much more common. 2.We studied the previously collected data sets of intestinal bacterial microbiota and parasite compositions within longitudinally followed mouse lemurs by analysing the potential interactions with diversity metrics and novel joint species distribution modelling...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547779/the-effects-of-environmental-and-visitor-variables-on-the-behavior-of-free-ranging-ring-tailed-lemurs-lemur-catta-in-captivity
#9
Courtney Collins, Ilse Corkery, Amy Haigh, Sean McKeown, Thomas Quirke, Ruth O'Riordan
The effect of the zoo environment on captive animals is an increasingly studied area of zoo research, with visitor effects and exhibit design recognized as two of the factors that can contribute to animal welfare in captivity. It is known that in some situations, visitors may be stressful to zoo-housed primates, and this may be compounded by environmental factors such as the weather, the time of day, and zoo husbandry routines. Exhibit design and proximity of the public are also known to influence behavioral response of primates to visitors; however, there is minimal research on free-ranging zoo animals, even though they are potentially subjected to intense interactions with visitors...
May 26, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524022/minimum-alveolar-concentration-and-cardiopulmonary-effects-of-isoflurane-in-ring-tailed-lemurs-lemur-catta
#10
Sathya K Chinnadurai, Julie A Balko, Cathy V Williams
The goal of this study was to determine the minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) and cardiopulmonary effects of isofluranein ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta). The MAC of isoflurane was determined by using a tail-clamp stimulus in adultring-tailed lemurs (6 male, 4 female). Once MAC was determined, another group of 10 adult ring-tailed lemurs (5 male, 5female) were anesthetized and instrumented similarly as the previous group and maintained at 0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2 times MACfor 15 min each with no external stimulation...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488335/climate-change-and-human-colonization-triggered-habitat-loss-and-fragmentation-in-madagascar
#11
Jordi Salmona, Rasmus Heller, Erwan Quéméré, Lounès Chikhi
The relative effect of past climate fluctuations and anthropogenic activities on current biome distribution is subject to increasing attention, notably in biodiversity hotspots. In Madagascar, where humans arrived in the last ~4-5,000 years, the exact causes of the demise of large vertebrates that cohabited with humans is yet unresolved. The prevailing narrative holds that Madagascar was covered with forest before human arrival, and that the expansion of grasslands was the result of human driven deforestation...
May 10, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484672/photoperiodic-regime-influences-onset-of-lens-opacities-in-a-non-human-primate
#12
Marko Dubicanac, Julia Strueve, Nadine Mestre-Frances, Jean-Michel Verdier, Elke Zimmermann, Marine Joly
BACKGROUND: Opacities of the lens are typical age-related phenomena which have a high influence on photoreception and consequently circadian rhythm. In mouse lemurs, a small bodied non-human primate, a high incidence (more than 50% when >seven years) of cataracts has been previously described during aging. Previous studies showed that photoperiodically induced accelerated annual rhythms alter some of mouse lemurs' life history traits. Whether a modification of photoperiod also affects the onset of age dependent lens opacities has not been investigated so far...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437185/absence-of-evidence-of-rift-valley-fever-infection-in-eulemur-fulvus-brown-lemur-in-mayotte-during-an-interepidemic-period
#13
Raphaëlle Métras, Laure Dommergues, Katia Ortiz, Marion Pannequin, Christian Schuler, Patrick Roux, John W Edmunds, Matt J Keeling, Catherine Cêtre-Sossah, Eric Cardinale
The potential role of Eulemur fulvus (brown lemur) in the epidemiology of Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Mayotte, during an interepidemic period, was explored. In February and March 2016, 72 animals were blood sampled and tested for RVF. No evidence of RVF genome or antibodies was found in the samples. The role of other wild mammals on the island should, however, be further investigated.
May 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429848/stuck-in-fragments-population-genetics-of-the-endangered-collared-brown-lemur-eulemur-collaris-in-the-malagasy-littoral-forest
#14
Stefania Bertoncini, Jacopo D'Ercole, Francesca Brisighelli, Jean-Baptiste Ramanamanjato, Cristian Capelli, Sergio Tofanelli, Giuseppe Donati
OBJECTIVES: The Endangered collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris) is the largest primate living in the littoral forest of southeastern Madagascar, a top priority habitat for biodiversity conservation on the island. Because this lemur is a key seed-disperser, an evaluation of the structure and connectivity of the populations surviving in the forest fragments is urgently needed to guide conservation plans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genetic variability at autosomal microsatellites and mitochondrial DNA was investigated in a total of 49 collared brown lemurs sampled by non-invasive methods in three littoral forest fragments and in the nearby lowland humid forest...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429569/celebrating-fifty-years-of-research-at-the-duke-lemur-center
#15
Elaine E Guevara, Chloe Chen-Kraus, Rachel L Jacobs, Andrea L Baden
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Evolutionary Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423373/distribution-of-interstitial-telomeric-sequences-in-primates-and-the-pygmy-tree-shrew-scandentia
#16
Sofia Mazzoleni, Odessa Schillaci, Luca Sineo, Francesca Dumas
It has been hypothesized that interstitial telomeric sequences (ITSs), i.e., repeated telomeric DNA sequences found at intrachromosomal sites in many vertebrates, could be correlated to chromosomal rearrangements and plasticity. To test this hypothesis, we hybridized a telomeric PNA probe through FISH on representative species of 2 primate infraorders, Strepsirrhini (Lemur catta, Otolemur garnettii, Nycticebus coucang) and Catarrhini (Erythrocebus patas, Cercopithecus petaurista, Chlorocebus aethiops, Colobus guereza), as well as on 1 species of the order Scandentia, Tupaia minor, used as an outgroup for primates in phylogenetic reconstructions...
2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407630/characterization-of-the-tree-holes-used-by-lepilemur-ruficaudatus-in-the-dry-deciduous-forest-of-kirindy-mitea-national-park
#17
Elvis J Rakotomalala, Felix Rakotondraparany, Amanda C Perofsky, Rebecca J Lewis
Knowledge of the key resources for a species is critical for developing an effective conservation strategy. Kirindy Mitea National Park is an important refuge for the red-tailed sportive lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus), a nocturnal folivorous lemur endemic to the dry deciduous forest of western Madagascar. Because L. ruficaudatus sleeps in tree holes during the day, sleeping trees may be an important resource for this species. Our goal was to characterize the sleeping sites used by L. ruficaudatus at the Ankoatsifaka Research Station in Kirindy Mitea National Park...
April 14, 2017: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399297/two-new-species-of-sucking-lice-phthiraptera-anoplura-polyplacidae-from-endangered-hibernating-lemurs-primates-cheirogaleidae
#18
Lance A Durden, Marina B Blanco, Matthew H Seabolt
Lemurpediculus robbinsi sp. nov. is described from Crossley's dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus crossleyi A. Grandidier, and Lemurpediculus claytoni sp. nov. is described from Sibree's dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus sibreei Forsyth Major, from Madagascar. Both sexes of each new louse species are illustrated and distinguished from the two previously known species of Lemurpediculus: L. verruculosus (Ward) and L. petterorum Paulian. With the addition of two new species to the genus, an amended description of Lemurpediculus is provided...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394028/the-dynamics-of-transmission-and-the-dynamics-of-networks
#19
Damien Farine
A toy example depicted here highlighting the results of a study in this issue of the Journal of Animal Ecology that investigates the impact of network dynamics on potential disease outbreaks. Infections (stars) that spread by contact only (left) reduce the predicted outbreak size compared to situations where individuals can become infected by moving through areas that previously contained infected individuals (right). This is potentially important in species where individuals, or in this case groups, have overlapping ranges (as depicted on the top right)...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345775/quantification-of-the-position-and-depth-of-the-flexor-hallucis-longus-groove-in-euarchontans-with-implications-for-the-evolution-of-primate-positional-behavior
#20
Gabriel S Yapuncich, Erik R Seiffert, Doug M Boyer
OBJECTIVE: On the talus, the position and depth of the groove for the flexor hallucis longus tendon have been used to infer phylogenetic affinities and positional behaviors of fossil primates. This study quantifies aspects of the flexor hallucis longus groove (FHLG) to test if: (1) a lateral FHLG is a derived strepsirrhine feature, (2) a lateral FHLG reflects inverted and abducted foot postures, and (3) a deeper FHLG indicates a larger muscle. METHODS: We used linear measurements of microCT-generated models from a sample of euarchontans (n = 378 specimens, 125 species) to quantify FHLG position and depth...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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